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Jessie Garrett Retires from Southeastern Technical College

January 28, 2020 – Southeastern Technical College Dean Jessie Garrett retired in December, having served 38 years at Southeastern Technical College.

Mrs. Garrett began her role as Dean of Industrial and Environmental Technologies in 2009 after holding the position of Dean of Instruction and Distance Education. Her diverse education and skill knowledge allowed her to lead the programs of Air Conditioning Technology, Automotive Technology, Basic Computer Numeric Controls Technician, Commercial Truck Driving, Diesel Equipment Technology, Early Childhood Care and Education, Electrical Construction Technology, Electronics Technology, Fish and Wildlife Management, Industrial Electrical and Maintenance, Medical Assisting, and Welding and Joining Technology. She also held the responsibility of overseeing the Infant and Childcare Development Center on the Swainsboro campus. 

Prior to these duties, Mrs. Garrett was Department Chair of General Education and Special Services. She began her career at Swainsboro Tech as an instructor of Psychology, Early Childhood, Introduction to Computers, and English. She was also an instructor for the American Heart Association and Consumer Education and Family Skills, a Displaced Homemaker Coordinator, and a Sex Equity Coordinator.

“Jessie’s dedication and commitment will be missed, but her influence will continually be present in the ones she mentored. The life lessons learned will forever be imprinted on her students and her coworkers,” said Mitchell Fagler, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness.  

Kay Wilson, Early Childhood Care and Education Instructor, said, “Jessie inspired me to continue my education. I came to Swainsboro Tech just to earn a diploma. That was all I thought I’d do. I didn’t have faith in myself that she had in me. She said I could achieve more by continuing my education and I have.”

Mrs. Garrett has a B.S. in Home Economics with an emphasis in Family Services and a Masters of Education in Adult and Vocational Education from Georgia Southern University. She received the Jay Gaultney Award of Excellence in 1999-2000 and the Outstanding Young Women of America in 1984.

Nolan Martin, Criminal Justice Instructor, said of Garrett, “Her love for this college and her heart for the people here; Jessie Garrett embodies the heart and soul of this intuition.”

“STC is a great place to work and place from which to retire. It’s hard to express the gratitude I feel for having worked at such a place for so many years. I planned to work here until I retired and I’ve made it. I’ve grown up at STC and shared all seasons of my life with my work family. My prayer is for the College to always prosper,” said Mrs. Garrett.

To STC faculty and staff, Mrs. Garrett said, “Have fun and enjoy what you do because you make a difference every day.”

Mrs. Garrett says her devotion to the school is only surpassed by her love of family and she looks forward to spending more time with them, especially her grandchildren, in retirement. 

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